History can be fun; really it can, especially when it is about outlandish events, inaccurate details and weird historical figures. Joe Rhatigan's newest book: Bizarre History: Strange Happenings, Stupid Misconceptions, Distorted Facts and Uncommon Events is just that. It is certainly not a history textbook. Instead it is a compact and fun book recounting historical facts in short passages from ancient time through the present. Some chapter titles are; Our Fearless Leaders, When Things Were Rotten and War Stories.
You can find out which presidents had crocodiles as pets in the White House and which First Lady once chased her husband out of the house with a butcher knife. There is an account of a French King who enjoyed animals so much he used pigs as musical instruments in such a way that PETA would be protesting at his palace. Besides snippets of strange facts, there are amusing drawings and quotes from notable figures about history. The section proving false some of the information we learned in History class was entertaining and educational. Betsy Ross did not design the American flag; Magellan did not circumnavigate the globe and others. The part relating stupid predictions is hilarious and surprisingly mind-opening. Rhatigan even includes a section of resources to verify his facts are fact.
Enjoy Bizarre History as an enjoyable read and don't be surprised if you learn something new about the old. Keep in mind that Napoleon Bonaparte stated, "History is a myth that men agree to believe".
Submitted by Lori@Central